Millions of people round up in front of their TVs every day to watch their favorite athletes compete in various competitions, but always there is a risk of stadium injuries.
From a business standpoint, team owners earn a lot of money from sponsorship deals, tickets, brand deals, jersey sales etc.
However, they must reinvest their money into stadium safety to avoid stadium injuries, so they can attract fans to watch games in person.
In this article, we will track stadium safety in sports and how it improved over the years.
Sports commonly associated with stadium injuries
Numerous individuals worldwide watch games live on a weekly basis and in certain areas it is a form of tradition, a way of life.
Soccer, for example is the most popular sport in the United Kingdom, particularly in England.
As a result, almost every town no matter its size has its own soccer club competing in various national competitions.
Watching sports in person is very popular in The United Statesو as well where basketball, baseball, and football.
Kids and teenagers enjoy playing sports on a daily basis and from a young age
Most of them associate themselves with a certain club or an individual who they follow and cheer on.
For some individuals, going to stadiums and cheering for their favorite competitors is a way to spend their Sunday evening.
For the others it is an integral characteristic that defines their personality.
Many families closely associate themselves with the team they support, and the biggest source of income for those teams are season tickets and player jerseys that loyal fans buy.
Consequently, those teams need to invest large amounts of money so their stadiums meet the highest criteria of safety; in order to attract the most amount of fans possible.
Examples of stadium injuries
Taking baseball as an example, a foul ball can injure the spectator if it collides with their head and it can cause severe brain damage.
Those situations are unprovoked accidents, but the spectator has a right to sue the stadium owner. Thus, the owners should construct the stadium in a way that minimizes those situations.
Nowadays, baseball stadiums have netting behind home plates to keep the spectators safe from foul balls.
Ice hockey rinks have massive glass walls and solid goal nets. This to prevent high-speed pucks causing severe damage to the spectators.
Furthermore, crowd trampling was a major issue in English soccer games in the 1980’s, when they sold tickets in amounts that exceed the stadium capacity.
This resulted in issues such as suffocating from the lack of space and overcrowding would occur.
The most notable of such incidents is the Hillsborough disaster. 96 people died and over 700 were injured in a fatal crowd crash.
Thankfully, the disaster led to a major reform in the way stadiums were built and improved general stadium safety in the United Kingdom.
Stadium injuries and Hooligans
Another major issue that sport organizations worldwide in the past faced are hooligans.
They describe themselves as loyal and devoted fans of the team they support, but they are nothing more than vandals that disturb the experience for other spectators.
Hooligans of various teams used to fight in the stands creating a volatile atmosphere and ruining the game for everyone, but they are a few in relation to the amount of standard supporters.
That sort of behavior became a major issue for the English soccer scene in the 1970’s.
When incidents became so frequent and severe; many regular soccer fans stopped going to matches in order to boycott the Football Association.
The FA reacted soon after by banning soccer clubs whose fans react disorderly from international competitions.
This reduced the amount of hooligans that would go to soccer matches.
Nowadays, hooliganism is a thing of past in the soccer scene of the United Kingdom,
Many economically underdeveloped countries where soccer is very poplar such as Greece, and Serbia, have massive issues with hooliganism and it’s a major crippling stadium safety.
Conclusion, sport is the most popular forms of entertainment. Maintaining a high level of stadium safety is key to keeping your team’s supporters happy.